War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA: Traditional gold-leaf and metal-leaf gilding and glazes on 500,000 linear feet of historic architectural elements

The War Memorial Opera House restoration in San Francisco was part of a seismic upgrade, which included the restoration of 500,000 linear feet of architectural elements damaged by the 1989 earthquake. The scope included re-gilding of the foyer, the auditorium, the proscenium, the mezzanine boxes, and all interior architectural elements throughout the Opera House. John Canning & Co. worked with the general painting contractor to develop traditional techniques to replicate original stipple and texture finishes. These techniques included: conservation, traditional gilders technique of gold leaf and metal leaf application, toning, antiquing, the application of state-of-the-art varnish, glazing, and texturing.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Built: 1932

Original Architect: Arthur Brown Jr., G. Albert Lansburgh

Style: Beaux-Arts

Planning & Design Services

  • Investigation of Historic Materials


Restoration & Decoration Techniques